Former Titan Kerry Sweeney receives national championship ring

Former Titan Kerry Sweeney receives national championship ring

Kerry Sweeney is sporting some new jewelry following his return to the Eastern Florida State College campus last week.

The 2016 NJCAA Division I Men's Golf National Champion received his championship ring and put his name on the wall, signing the inside of the WEFS-Television trailer.

"I knew I was getting a ring, it was something I was actually pretty pumped about when I made the putt on the 18th hole. When I saw the ring, I was really excited. I won a high school state championship so I have a state title ring and back in the day that was pretty exciting for me because Holy Trinity didn't give out a lot of those," Sweeney said. "I got to design that one which was neat. Athletic director (Jeff) Carr designed this one so I knew it was going to be something sweet."

Sweeney shot a 7-under par 65 in the final round to win the title becoming the eighth Titan to win an NJCAA men's golf individual title.

"There are so many to choose from, winning the Jack Nicklaus Award and being around the guys who are still some of my closest friends today, I think that final round was the most memorable to me," Sweeney said. "It was emotional for me playing under coach (Jamie) Howell for those two years and all of the things he has taught me from an 18-year-old to growing up to be an adult and going to the next level and try to be the best person I can be and go try to fulfill my dreams.

"That last round, I left it all out there and it was special to me. I think it was special for coach Howell and special for the program. It leaves a little bit of a legacy and it will always be in my heart and a piece of Eastern Florida will be in my heart forever."

Sweeney recently finished up his junior season at the University of Mississippi and helped the Rebels to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2001 with a final round 4-under par 67 at the University of Texas Golf Club.